About the Area
Stretching from Chelsea Embankment in the south, through Kensington, Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, and up to the border of Kensal Green in the north, the Royal Borough is nevertheless one of the smallest in London. We feel this makes us more friendly and accessible. In no small part this is because any place you wish to go is such a short walk away.
The borough has over 4,000 listed buildings, seventy percent of our land is protected by conservation areas and we are home to some of the most famous visitor attractions in London. So, whether you want to shop at Harrods, walk through Holland Park, view an exhibition at the V&A, or get carried away at the largest festival in Europe during Carnival, the Royal Borough is the prime place to be.
The immediate image of Kensington and Chelsea is of the architecture, famous landmarks and glamorous residents. The reality is much more complex and fascinating – a highly urban, multicultural, dynamic population embracing those who are new to London, and established families, some of whom are, as yet, at the bottom of life’s ladder and some very near the top. We have many more street homeless, asylum seekers and people with mental illness than most urban areas.
The population is multicultural and multilingual. Our schools have more than twice the national rate of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, and while seven wards in Kensington and Chelsea are among the least deprived nationally, two wards are among the ten per cent most deprived in England.
Although the borough is geographically one of the smallest in London, at just over 4.7 square miles, it is one of the most densely populated areas in Europe – the current population is estimated at 190,000 people and there is a high population turnover estimated at over 20 per cent per year. The borough is primarily residential in character. Property prices and private sector rents are the highest in the country. However, half the permanent lettings by registered social landlords are to homeless households and there are 1,000 households living in temporary accommodation.
In addition to residential accommodation, the borough is also home to internationally recognised shopping centres, 12,000 businesses and over 120,000 jobs, three of the most visited museums in the UK and the second largest number of hotel beds in any London borough. It is in this diverse, dynamic and demanding context that we work. Half the borough’s children are educated privately, while half of our maintained school pupils receive free school meals.
Half the school population comes from ethnic minority groups and nearly half speak English as an additional language. Some of our schools experience a high turnover of pupils – with new pupils likely to be refugees, asylum seekers or from a transient population.
Schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The Royal Borough maintains four nursery schools, 26 primary schools, 5 secondary schools, 2 special schools and a Pupil Referral Unit.
Schools in the Royal Borough are exciting and diverse, and they perform very strongly. Results achieved by children attending our schools significantly exceed the levels of attainment that the demographics of the borough would suggest they should.
The Royal Borough has a good record of achievement and inclusion. Pupils in our schools make good progress and schools are committed to ensuring that all children and young people are able to achieve their full potential.